The Oklahoma City Community Foundation recently awarded a $12,000 scholarship for the 2019-20 academic year to Grove High School graduate Hayley Dozier through the state’s largest independent scholarship program.

Dozier is a recipient of the Carolyn Watson Opportunities Scholarship, an award up to $12,000 per academic year offered to seniors graduating from rural Oklahoma high schools.

“Student loan debt in the U.S. continues to soar, but thankfully so does the number of donors who are invested in furthering education in our community,” said Nancy Anthony, president of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. “Our scholarship program began in 1990 with 20 annual awards. Today, we have more than 800. Whether our donors are memorializing a loved one through the gift of education or are passionate about enhancing educational opportunities, we are thankful they are devoted to bettering the future for deserving students throughout our great state.”

Designed to help a diverse range of students with higher education expenses, Oklahoma City Community Foundation scholarships offer students the ability to pursue careers or colleges they may not have had the opportunity to pursue. In total, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation awarded more than $2.5 million in scholarships to 803 students throughout the state for the 2019-20 academic year.

Online Scholarship Applications Open Oct. 1 for 2020-21 Academic Year

Graduating seniors from all 77 Oklahoma counties may be eligible to apply for scholarships for the upcoming year. Online applications open Oct. 1, 2019. To learn more about the scholarships available through the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, visit

About the Oklahoma City Community Foundation

Founded in 1969, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that works with donors throughout the state to create charitable funds that will benefit our community both now and in the future. To learn more about the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, visit